Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Am I the only one who thinks food should look good? 

Yeah, I know – what kind of question is that, anyway?  Of course I’m not the only one.  I’m sure you wouldn’t be reading a food blog if you didn’t like the way food looks in pictures and you want to make appealing food, too!  But even when you’re at home by yourself, not trying to impress anyone with your culinary masterpieces… don’t you still prefer to eat something that looks good?

Sure, you’ll never get a bowl of plain cereal to look much different than, well, a bowl of cereal, but that’s beside the point.  Even when I’m by myself, as long as I have enough light to see – and I haven’t had a power outage in a long time, thank goodness – I love making my food colorful and tasty-looking.

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Caprese Crepes

Caprese Crepes

 Caprese.  Crepes.  Two words we don't often take to mean healthy, no?

The Caprese salad is like a little guilty pleasure.  Essentially a glorified cheese-plate with “salad” in its name, giant slices of deliciously fresh mozzarella layered with tomatoes and basil and drizzled with olive oil are ultra-decadent and satisfying – this I know to be true – but have the unfortunate effect of, well, making one heavier than they first sat down.

Now, crepes…  I don’t have anything against crepes.  But the thing is they just make me think of Nutella and powdered sugar.  Clearly, these are not the only two things you can put in or on a crepe.  I’ve just been handed a lot of Nutella-filled crepes in my time, and you know, it’s just like a dang candy bar. 

This bad-boy rap is essentially why...

 

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